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Malygos Druid Deck List Guide (The Witchwood June 2018)

Last updated on Jun 15, 2018 at 08:00 by Kat 3 comments

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This guide contains detailed Strategy, Mulligan, and deck-building information to help you play Malygos Druid in the Witchwood expansion.

The Malygos Druid archetype has existed in multiple forms throughout the history of Hearthstone. While the tools in the deck may have changed between each version of the deck, the overall strategy has remained the same, which is to use Malygos in combination with cheap spells like Moonfire to create huge burst-damage combos.

The slow meta-game of the Witchwood expansion has allowed the deck to come to the surface once more. With all defensive tools available for Druid, there is plenty of time available to use the additional 10 Mana generated by Twig of the World Tree in combination with Malygos to create a range of powerful combos.

1. Malygos Druid Card List

This Malygos Druid deck costs 10,460 Arcane Dust and it is made up of the following cards.

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2. Malygos Druid Mana Curve

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3. Malygos Druid Mulligan Guide

Malygos Druid uses a combination of Druid Ramp and Control tools to rapidly cycle through through its deck in order to assemble a game-winning combo as quickly as possible. The Mulligan for the deck will often focus on trying to get you on that path as quickly as possible.

You should ideally be looking for Nourish and Wild Growth in your opening hand. If you already have both of these cards, you can additionally keep Ultimate Infestation.

Against Aggro decks, you can retain a cheap removal spell such as Wrath or Lesser Jasper Spellstone.

Against Odd Paladin and Token Druid specifically, you can also keep copies of Swipe or Spreading Plague.

4. Malygos Druid Strategy

For your early-game turns, your primary aim is to draw cards and gain Mana as efficiently as possible to allow you to quickly reach the late game. The most important tool for achieving this is Wild Growth and you will almost always want to play it when possible. If you have access to The Coin, you should carefully consider your future turns before playing Wild Growth. If you have a smooth curve of plays, such as Ferocious Howl, Branching Paths, and Nourish, then you can freely coin out Wild Growth. However, if you are likely to have a future turn where you have no solid play, you should instead save The Coin for a later turn. As the deck runs a very specific subset of proactive early-game cards, you will regularly have some free Mana, which can be used on cheap removal like Lesser Jasper Spellstone and Wrath to keep your opponent's board in check.

As you start to reach the mid-game turns, you should start thinking about an efficient path through your upcoming turns. You should try and get a good mix of card draw and Mana acceleration to start assembling cards for a game-winning combo. The cards that will impact your planning the most are Nourish, Branching Paths, and Ultimate Infestation. In most scenarios, you will want to play Ultimate Infestation as soon as possible, taking full advantage of the card draw in addition to the tempo the cards offers. If you have it in your hand, you will also want to keep your hand-size lower to ensure you have room to draw 5 cards. Using the ability to gain Mana Crystals from Nourish is the best way to do this in addition to clearing out some cards that can be played for little or no Mana, like Arcane Tyrant and Innervate. Branching Paths is one of the most flexible cards in the deck and you should carefully consider your options before using it. You should use the card draw effect in the mid game if you lack the solid card draw of Nourish. However, you will frequently not need the card draw, especially if you plan on playing Ultimate Infestation on a future turn. In this situation, it is better to simply hold the card or preemptively use it to gain additional Armor to prevent overdrawing cards in the near future.

Though Malygos Druid is a proactive deck, you also have many cards at your disposal that can be used to stall your opponent, all with their own merits. As a general rule, you should aim to weave your defensive tools into your turns while not slowing down your overall strategy. The cheap core removal spells in the deck are Lesser Jasper Spellstone and Wrath. Both of these cards offer a very similar function, but you should prioritise using Wrath first if the Mana allows for it due to the scalability that comes with Spellstones. Against wide boards, you have the option of using Swipe, Starfall, and Spreading Plague. Of these cards, Starfall should be your first priority if you are able to fit it into your turn and it adequately clears the board as it is the least flexible of the 3 cards. Your next priority should be Spreading Plague and is a good fit for any board. If none of the previous options are available, you can consider using Swipe to control the board. Swipe can also be additionally used as a follow-up to Spreading Plague to maximise the number of Scarabs spawned before clearing some of your opponent's minions. However, it can often be useful to save Swipe for later into the game, as it can offer huge amounts of value when combined with Malygos.

In order to win a large amount of your games, you will be required to equip, use, and destroy Twig of the World Tree in order to gain access to 10 additional Mana Crystals when it is destroyed. As the weapon has 5 durability, you should aim to equip it sooner rather than later to ensure you are ready to be able to use the final charge of the weapon to get the additional Mana to end the game. However, it should be noted that there is a drawback to equipping the weapon too soon. The Shapeshift Hero Power gives your Hero an additional Attack point to attack with and attacking with your Hero Power will also use up a charge of your weapon. As you should be saving the last charge of your weapon to end the game, reaching 1 durability too soon will effectively prevent you from attacking with your Hero Power for the rest of the game.

After you have drawn a sizable chunk of your deck, you can start looking for ways to close out the game. The most important card you should be looking out for is Twig of the World Tree and you should aim to equip it and start attacking with it as soon as possible once you are looking for ways to finish the game. With your weapon equipped, the second essential card you require is Malygos in order to assemble a large burst damage combo. From here, the ideal combo to look for is an additional 2 Faceless Manipulators to use on Malygos and 2 Moonfires for a total of 32 damage, enough to kill any Hero without Armor or a Health buff from Amara, Warden of Hope. However, you can also use Swipes as alternatives, or look for smaller combos if your opponent is already missing some Health.

Although the aim of the deck is to burst down opponents, it is still possible to win through other lines of play. This can be a good choice against opponents who destroy your Twig of the World Tree or have gained Armor to surpass your maximum burst damage. In these situations you can try and force your opponent to waste removal spells, such as Naturalize from Druids or Execute and Shield Slam from Warriors. From this position you can look for an opportunity to play Malygos straight onto the board, especially if you have Scarab Beetles left on the board from Spreading Plague or Malfurion the Pestilent. From this position, you can set up much stronger Malygos combos and also use the Spell Power in combination with Swipe and Starfall to control the board. Alternatively, you can go for a similar line of play by playing and protecting The Lich King.

5. Malygos Druid Card Swaps

Many of the damage spells like Wrath, Swipe, and Starfall can be swapped for each other or removed from the deck for other alternatives.

A second Innervate can be added for more Mana acceleration and also making it easier to empty for hand for Ultimate Infestations.

Rummaging Kobold can be included as a counter tech card against opponents that use weapon removal.

6. Alternative Malygos Druid Decks

This section contains alternative Malygos Druid variants that can be used instead of the deck used in the main guide. The variants listed are still able to compete at Legend ranks but have some slight differences in how they are played.

6.1. Malygos Togwaggle Druid

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This hybrid deck mixes together this strategy of Malygos Druid with Togwaggle Druid to offer the best of both worlds. The potency of the Malygos combo is much weaker in this variant without Faceless Manipulators, but the additional Mana can be used on Swipes instead for a strong burst combo. Against opponents that gain lots of Armor, the King Togwaggle combo can be used instead to fatigue opponents.

7. Budget Malygos Druid Deck

Budget Malygos Druid removes a few of the more expensive cards like Malfurion the Pestilent and Arcane Tyrant for players on a budget. However, some key cards like Twig of the World Tree, Faceless Manipulator, and Ultimate Infestation have remained in the deck due to being key to its functionality, despite their higher crafting cost.

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As this budget variant cuts some of the deck's defensive tools, the Oaken Summons and Ironwood Golem combo is added into the deck as a substitute. Additionally, a second Innervate is present in the deck to make up for some of the hand-emptying ability lost from removing Arcane Tyrant.

8. Wild Malygos Druid Deck

If you wish to play Malygos Druid in Hearthstone's Wild format, there are many extra tools that you have at your disposal. A general deck you can play in the Wild format is shown below.

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In the Wild format, you have access to the extremely powerful combo of Kun the Forgotten King and Aviana in place of Twig of the World Tree. The deck also uses Living Roots for an additional cheap spell and Emperor Thaurissan to make combos much easier to pull off. Overall, the Wild variant of the deck is significantly more flexible with many more combinations that can burst down opponents.

9. Quick Tips and Tricks

10. Similar Hearthstone Decks

If you enjoyed playing Malygos Druid, we have many other Hearthstone deck guides you may enjoy.

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11. About the Author

This guide is presented to you by Kat, a professional Hearthstone player competing at the highest level since closed beta. She is a consistent legend player in both Wild and Standard with multiple high-rank finishes.

12. ChangeLog

  • 15 Jun. 2018: Togwaggle variant added.
  • 12 Jun. 2018: Added Dragon Druid to similar decks.
  • 04 Jun. 2018: Deck added.
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